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  • All of the new equipment that Holtzmann makes for the team, despite the first batch of them being dangerous or not fully-functioning.
  • Holtzmann's whole attitude throughout the film generally counts... but *especially* when the ladies are brought before the mayor. Erin, Abby and Patty look understandably nervous, but Jillian carries on like an elementary school delinquent brought into the principal's office for the millionth time. No big deal.
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  • Erin jumping into the ghost portal to rescue Abby.
  • Patty keeping her grip on Jillian, who's dangling out the window, while fighting off a possessed and homicidal Abby. Not only does she save Holtzmann and herself, she subdues Abby and smacks Rowan's ghost right out of her!
  • Holtzmann taking on a number of ghosts all by herself and looking totally badass while doing so.
    • Licking the gun before letting loose really *works*.
    • Bonus points for being perfectly timed to an sped up instrumental rock remix of the opening of the theme,as it slowly builds and crescendos. The music makes that scene work.
  • Times Square actually being transformed into its 1970s self, complete with headlines from the era running across the ticker.
  • Mr. Stay Puft returns as the final one of the 1920s Parade Balloon ghosts. He even nearly defeats Abby, Patty and Holtzmann, if not for Erin and her Swiss Army Knife.
  • The Stinger is up there with any Marvel Cinematic Universe one. Two words: "What's Zuul?"
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  • The team's Lock and Load set up before the Times Square Brawl is pretty great. And then the brawl itself has them show off all of their equipment to clear the square out.
  • The immediate shooting down of Rowan's Freudian Excuse. He says the Ghostbusters have no idea what it's like to be bullied and disrespected all the time, to which Abby replies, "...Yeah, we do. The world dumps on us constantly."
  • Holtzmann going full gunslinger and taking out about two dozen ghosts in ten seconds... is a show-stopper. The swelling of an instrumental version of the classic theme amplifies the awesomeness.
  • The entire battle against Mayhem, but especially when they finally capture him.
  • Rowan's final form. He manages to make the ghost from the logo actually scary. It helps that he's the size of a skyscraper.

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  • The fact that the movie got decent enough reviews for a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and zero Golden Raspberry Award nominations in spite of the controversy surrounding it.
  • After Leslie Jones took a barrage of abuse on social media, Dan Aykroyd came to her defense and called out the attitudes of the remakes' most vocal haters. The man who not only starred in but co-wrote for the movie that these people claim to be standing up for thinks that they're pathetic for how they've gone about it.
    Aykroyd: These people, they're insignificant gnats, they're losers, they have no lives of their own, they can probably barely pay for the wifi they're using. I would say you're looking at obese white men between 50 and 60 who are active Klan members or member of the Aryan Nation and there are millions of them.
    • Violet Ramis, Harold Ramis' daughter, also had this to say about the vocal haters:
    "Please, stop using my dad as an excuse to hate the new Ghostbusters. It degrades his memory to spew bile in his name...I reserve my right as an almost 40-year-old to mutter about how everything was better when I was young, but let’s let this generation have their own Ghostbusters. Let’s give my nine-year-old daughter a chance to put on a proton pack and feel like a badass. In the spirit of my dad and his love for movies and comedy above all, I’ll be there for Ghostbusters 2016 opening weekend with my kids, eating popcorn, wearing my Egon Spengler tribute pin, cheering on the new crew, and laughing loudly, from the heart.

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